Powering Progress: Batteries for Discoms, RMI 2023

In line with the Union Budget for 2023–24, which recognised the imperative need for substantial investments to foster a resilient and flexible grid, the focus on energy storage, particularly battery energy storage systems (BESS), has garnered significant attention. Given the unique challenges faced by distribution companies and the broader energy landscape, this report underscores the significance of distribution-located storage (DLS) in India’s grid. By elucidating the diverse benefits of DLS, ranging from grid balancing and power cost optimisation to ensuring system reliability and effective peak load management, this report provides a comprehensive framework for discoms to navigate the evolving energy paradigm in India. This report explores the market opportunity for front-of-meter BESS within India, with an emphasis on the power distribution sector and distribution companies (Discoms).

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